Mahindra & Mahindra announced the global launch of the Mahindra Genio range of pick-ups late last week. The all-new bakkie is said to bridge the gap between the hardy Bolero and Scopio models that it already offers.
“This is a proud moment for all of us at Mahindra as it marks our very first global launch in India. Manufactured at our world class plant in Chakan, the Genio incorporates a high level of technological excellence, both in terms of power and styling. This next generation pick up launched to much critical acclaim in India and is now all set to be marketed worldwide,” said Dr. Pawan Goenka, president – automotive and farm equipment sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
The Genio shares much of its underpinnings, and looks with the Xylo MPV from the same stable. Power is provided by an "m-Hawk" 2,2-litre turbodiesel that produces 88 kW with a torque peak of 290 N.m delivered between 1 800 and 2 800 r/min. The in-house developed motor complies with Euro 3 and 4 emissions standards.
A five-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission available. However, there will be the option of two- or four-wheel drive, and a diff' lock on certain models.
Mahindra claim that the Genio is the widest pickup in its class with most spacious cabin in its category. The single cab model has a payload of 1,25 tons.
Features inside include an on-board trip computer, cruise control, a double DIN audio system – that plays MP3s, and accepts SD cards and USB flash drives – with steering mounted controls. Dual front airbags are part of the standard safety suite, as is ABS.
According to Mahindra spokepersons the first batch of Genio models are already making their way to SA for local introduction later this month. Expect prices to start at around R170 000.